June 2 , 2006
The 52nd annual Texas A&M University Beef Cattle Short Course will be held Aug. 7-9 at the campus' University Center and Rudder Tower.
Drought and increasing expenses have made this a challenging year for cattle producers, said Dr. Jason Cleere, Texas Cooperative Extension beef cattle specialist and conference coordinator.
Fortunately, good beef cattle prices have helped offset the higher costs, Cleere said, but producers are wondering how long the higher prices will last.
One of this year's new sessions will focus on reducing winter feeding costs. Industry experts also will discuss drought management strategies and rising energy costs during the general session.
The Cattleman's College will return with concurrent sessions on basic ranch management, nutrition, reproduction, genetics, pastures, carcass evaluation and record keeping. The animal handling programs will feature demonstrations on chute side calf working, cattle behavior, penning, sorting and selection.
Participants will be able to obtain a pesticide applicator's license or add continuing education units if already licensed.
More than 100 agricultural businesses or services will be featured in this year's trade show.
Registration is $120 per person and includes educational materials, a copy of the proceedings, trade show admittance, and tickets to the prime rib dinner and five additional meals.
Complete information and scheduling will be mailed to previous participants in June. Producers may register online at http://animalscience.tamu.edu or by contacting Cleere's office at (979) 845-6931.